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Thermal storage funding opportunities for Mission Innovation members


Horizon 2020, the multi-annual programme for research and innovation of the European Union (EU), is launching two new funding opportunities for thermal storage projects to support the implementation of the MI Innovation Challenge 7: Affordable Heating and Cooling  of Buildings.

The two new Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals, promoting collaborative research and innovation activities, specifically reference the involvement of non-EU Mission Innovation members. They address:

  1. The development of compact thermal energy storage for electricity load shifting (LC-SC3-ES-6-2019 – Opening date: 05 September 2018 – Deadline: 05 February 2019)
  2. The demonstration of high density, integrated thermal storage based on thermochemical materials (LC-EEB-05-2019-20 – Opening date: 16 October 2018 – Deadline: 21 February 2019)

The challenge set by LC-SC3-ES-6-2019 is to develop compact thermal energy storage for electricity load shifting that will take up electricity from the grid at peak times, to be used for heating, cooling or hot tap water at other times. Integration into the building heating system and in the smart electricity grid is a key development element together with the storage materials and technologies. The EU is investing in the development of the new generation of storage technologies to create a sustainable energy system by 2030 and beyond and believes international collaboration through MI can bring important benefits.

LC-EEB-05-2019-20  seeks projects to develop new integrated thermal storage systems and overcome the limits of the current mature technologies for thermal storage, mostly based on water. Developing new systems based on thermochemical materials can significantly increase storage density.

Innovative storage solutions for thermal and electric energy, combined with renewable energy, can improve the efficiency of the overall supply and demand system at residential, district and urban level, manage peak loads and reduce the operational costs of installations.

Tips for applicants

  • Experience shows that preparing a successful proposal takes considerable time so consider starting the proposal preparation now!
  • Those who are not familiar with Horizon 2020 can benefit from a range of information and support tools: H2020 online manual, FAQ, IT assistance, National Contact Points. Find out more.